For some stars, it’s enough to load up on necklaces, bracelets and rings that drip with diamonds and precious metals. But a few truly extra stars have felt the need for more. So, for better or for worse, these celebrities have bumped up the bling with dental work. That’s right. They turned to grills.
The look started, in recent history, as a hip-hop cultural phenomenon, but archaeologists have found evidence of teeth adornment dating back to 800 B.C. We can thank Flavor Flav, Big Daddy Kane and Slick Rick for giving grills the spotlight in the ’80s. But in recent years, grills have graced the smiles of a variety of stars.
Brace yourself, and say cheese!
Though Kylie Jenner isn’t known for wide, toothy smiles, she gave a glimpse of her gold fronts during a New York Fashion Week event in 2015. She sat front row at the Phillip Lim show, where she rocked a gold grill. She shared even more snaps of herself and her friend Justine Skye on Instagram.
Cyrus has worn grills a couple times. She wore a glitzy mouthpiece at a Myspace launch event in Los Angeles on June 12, 2013. The new accessory only enhanced her edgy look, which also featured her signature cropped ‘do and bold red lipstick. You have to look closely to see the subtle gold grill on her bottom teeth, but it’s still quite the statement.
Brooke Hogan, Hulk Hogan’s daughter, was the lucky recipient of the Choice Grill Award at the 8th Annual Teen Choice Awards in 2006. Simpson gave her the surfboard prize. Naturally, Hogan rocked a bejeweled mouthpiece in order to accept it in style. Check out that big, shining smile. She managed to beat out Flavor Flav, Mike Jones, Kelis, Nelly and Paul Wall.
Nelly embraced the grill trend so much he even wrote a Grammy-nominated song all about them entitled “Grillz.” The song also included contributions from Paul Wall and Ali & Gipp. Nelly wore a matching set of glimmering grills for an appearance on MTV’s Total Request Live in 2005.
The British model and actress added some metal to her famous mouth in 2014. She encouraged her millions of Instagram followers to try out a grill for themselves with the caption, “Have you got yours? #P6 #vogue @voguemagazine @alexanderwangny grillz by @dollycohen.”
Dolly Cohen, the designer of many famous grills, created a completely custom piece for Delevingne. It features her name emblazoned in gold.
More Dolly Cohen creations graced the famous faces of Jay-Z and Beyoncé in their Apeshit video. You can see his subtle, barely-there bling covering one tooth.
When Nicki Minaj dipped her toe into dazzled dental accessories, she opted for a minimalist look. Her silver grill hugs one top tooth. It’s barely visible unless you look very closely when she smiles. This simple accessory shows designer Dolly Cohen’s wide range. Not all grills have to be in your face. Subtle can be quite nice.
The model’s lip cuffs, a very close, lip-locked cousin to grills, weren’t completely under her own control. She wore the statement lip look for a Balmain Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2017-2018 show. Gigi Hadid has walked the designer’s runway many times, but this standout accessory made this particular show truly memorable. It’s a modern variation on the average grill.
After a few years sans grill, Kim Kardashian shared a recent photo on Instagram of a new set. It includes a diamond cross on her top teeth and a full set of diamond-encrusted teeth across the bottom. She included a simple caption, “new grillz,” to accompany the close-up shot. Does this photo mean 2019 will bring a resurgence of grills?
More recently, celebrities looking to add a bit of bling to their pearly whites have had more subtle options available to them. For example, model Hailey Baldwin shared a photo of her updated smile with two sparkly additions. Instead of covering up teeth with an unwieldy grill, however, the jewels instead adhere right onto her teeth.
Miranda Kerr wore fancy silver teeth when she walked in Baby Phat’s Spring/Summer 2007 fashion show during New York Fashion Week. Generally, models don’t smile and keep serious expressions while walking the runway. However, Kerr did smirk enough to provide a glimpse of the fierce jewel-encrusted grill.
Kesha swapped her trademark gold tooth for two sets of fronts for the artwork on her Crazy Kids single, a collaboration with Will.I.Am. She matched her new gold grill to her metallic nail polish and jewelry. As head-turning as the grill is, however, it seems to have been a one and done fashion experiment for the singer.
Kelis is a grill pioneer. She first wore one back in 2004 to the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in London. Her trendsetting grills were definitely an achievement.
T-Pain may be as famous for his flashy grills as he is for his rapping. He’s even been nominated for a Choice Grill Award at the Teen Choice Awards. He also rolled up to the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards in sparkly gold style. From miles away, fans could see his bright red top hat and brilliant gold grill.
Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey sported an extra-powerful smile while performing in Los Angeles, where she showed off a gold-capped canine. Her golden tooth was a temporary accessory, not unlike the gold tooth Kesha often wears. She also swapped it for a glitzy glitter-capped tooth just in time for the Grammy Awards in 2012. It’s not quite a whole grill, but it’s still just as eye-catching.
For some stars, a temporary shiny mouthpiece isn’t enough. Kanye West went all in on his blinged-out smile, though it’s hard to capture it on camera. He talked about his glittering teeth on Ellen DeGeneres’s talk show in October 2010. West explained to DeGeneres, “It’s really my real teeth. I replaced my bottom row of teeth … I just thought that diamonds were cooler.” Who wants to settle for a megawatt smile when you can have a multi-carat one?
Flavor Flav has been rocking grills for decades now. It’s harder to catch a glimpse of his real teeth than it is to see his blinged-out set of fronts. He wore a shining set of gold grills for a screening of “Excelsior! A Celebration Of The Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible And Uncanny Life Of Stan Lee” at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. His ensemble also included his iconic clock necklace, equally encrusted in multi-colored gems.
Travis Scott has dabbled in many different types of dental work. He’s tasted the rainbow with a full array of colored fronts. For this grill, he tapped Johnny Dang to make his 18-carat gold piece a reality. It also included 10-carat pink, brown, blue and white diamonds. Additionally, he has bedazzled his chompers with traditional diamonds.
Lil Wayne has worn many different sets of grills in the past. However, in 2010, he let fans know that he’d made the bejeweled look permanent. He had dental surgery to transform his chompers into a diamond-encrusted grin. “Imma die with these. These are my teeth,” he said in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel. Take a look at his glitzy grin shining bright at game seven of the Western Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs between the Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
After signing with the Phoenix Suns, Eric Bledsoe opted to treat himself to a $2,500 new grin. The point guard did sign a $70 million contract to play ball, so his new fronts were just chump change in comparison. Now his teeth match his golden ball skills. According to TMZ, he shared the love. He commissioned not one but two sets from Thizzelles Grillz. One golden grill for himself and one shining set for his brother.
For the World Champion Houston Astros, a trophy wasn’t quite enough to commemorate their big win. In fact, they added more hardware with a full team set of grills made by rapper Paul Wall. He teamed up with jeweler Johnny Dang to make all the glitzy mouthpieces emblazoned with World Champs. They also include the Astros star logo.
Lil Jon is one of the many famous clients of grill-master Johnny Dang. In addition to outfitting the Houston Astros in 2017, Dang also crafted several grills for the rapper. He’s worn many custom diamond-encrusted grills over the years, including these sparklers for the MTV Video Music Awards in 2004.